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Strategies for Helping Young Managers Succeed

The newbie.  The greenhorn.  The tenderfoot. As if these monikers weren’t burdensome enough, the young manager faces yet another challenge because of his age – namely, resentment.  You know your new manager has the skills and qualifications to handle heightened responsibilities.  But too often, older, more seasoned employees view a fresh manager as a threat,… Read more »

Salary Trends in 2011: the Thaw After the Big Freeze

According to SpendingPulse, Americans spent roughly 5.5% more this holiday season than last. Could it be because they’re expecting pay raises in 2011? Possibly.  A recent Workforce Management article included results from a number of surveys which showed pay increases running as high as 3% in 2011, with an average increase of 2.7%.  After two to… Read more »

Best Wishes for a Prosperous New Year

As we look ahead to the promise of a new year, we also hope that 2011 presents a lot more opportunities for us to work together.  From all of us at Wood Personnel, we’d like to wish you a happy, healthy and successful year ahead.

“Tell Me About Yourself”: Leverage the Power of this Critical Interview Question

If you’ve ever been on an interview, you’ve probably heard this one: “Tell me a little bit about yourself.” Sounds innocuous enough, but in reality this is an extremely important question.  Interviewers ask it for a number of reasons: to get a sense of what you feel is most important about yourself; to see how well… Read more »

Quick Tips for Better Job Postings

Before you click the “Submit” button to upload your next job posting, consider the following: Make sure the title accurately describes the position.  Consider including common keywords qualified applicants are likely to use when searching for an opening. Provide a comprehensive list of skills and qualifications.  Differentiate between those that are required, as opposed to… Read more »

Best Practices for Managing Contract Employees

If yours is like most forward-thinking companies, you are integrating contract employees with direct staff to maximize resources and meet project objectives.  But are you getting the best results from your contract staff?  To get the most from your contract personnel, you must understand their motivations and develop a culture in which they can succeed.… Read more »

Benefits of Temporary Staffing During a Slow Economic Recovery

As our economy struggles to gain steam once again, businesses are forced to make tough choices regarding their workforces.  Skyrocketing employment costs such as insurance, overtime, payroll taxes, healthcare and other benefits, coupled with the uncertainty of just how long a recovery will take, are placing enormous pressure on employers to run lean. Here are just a… Read more »

Tips for Effective Employee Onboarding

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” When you hear this saying, you may envision a nervous job seeker, compulsively straightening his suit and repeating his 30-second “personal sales pitch” before an interview.  But quite honestly, the saying is just as relevant for the hiring company.  Why? When you mainstream and… Read more »

Succession Planning – Identifying New Leaders for Your Organization

The boomers are retiring. This is not news, of course, but their mass exodus from the workforce does create a potential problem for many organizations – namely, identifying new leaders to fill the boomers’ shoes.  In addition to closing the talent gap this generation will leave, other reasons to proactively develop new leaders include: Keeping… Read more »

Tips for Making Co-Employment Work

Part 2:  Co-Employment Tips for Success An earlier post featured a link to a brief quiz on co-employment laws.  How well did you do? If your score was less than perfect, don’t worry.  This week’s post contains practical tips to maximize the effectiveness of your co-employment arrangement, while minimizing the potential for problems: Let the staffing firm do… Read more »